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Former ATS chief unhappy with hospital treatment

Former Anti-Terrorism Squad chief A.A. Khan has written to the head of the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital (KDAH) in Andheri stating he was dissatisfied with the diagnosis and treatment of his grandson, Amir (5).

mumbai Updated: Jul 09, 2010 01:26 IST
HT Correspondent

Former Anti-Terrorism Squad chief A.A. Khan has written to the head of the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital (KDAH) in Andheri stating he was dissatisfied with the diagnosis and treatment of his grandson, Amir (5).

Aamir had been suffering from fever, cold and cough for 12 days. Doctors at KDAH suspected Aamir had swine flu and prescribed medicines for the same. Three other doctors consulted by the family said he had typhoid.

Aamir had undergone a series of tests at KDAH on July 5. The report stated he had 1: 80 titres of antibodies, which is considered “significant for typhoid and paratyphoid fever.”

When Khan’s daughter Alisha took Aamir to KDAH on Tuesday and Wednesday, the doctors ruled out typhoid and prescribed medicines for swine flu along with other drugs.

“When Alisha went to a senior paediatrician in Andheri, he found Amir’s liver and spleen were swollen, which are clear indications of typhoid,” said Khan.

Dr Tanu Singhal, who prescribed the swine flu medicines, stood by her diagnosis.

“Considering the H1N1 outbreak, we empirically give anti-viral drugs to children with high grade fever for over three days and severe symptoms even without testing the throat swab, as per government guidelines.”

She added that only antibody level of 1:160 and above is considered indication of typhoid. An independent doctor also told HT that Aamir’s report was borderline and needed another test in four weeks to check for typhoid.